Vision Therapy for Autism and AD/HD – Dr. Fink, Optometrist


Dr. Fink received extensive clinical training from her US experience which included eye examinations for the Boston Homeless Shelter, South Boston Community Centre, Dorchester House Health Centre, and the VA Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The extended mode of practice in the US allowed her to have experience in treatment and management of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and anterior segment disorders. Dr. Fink was also privileged to participate in a VOSH mission to Mexico where thousands of people received eye care and glasses.

Dr. Fink was quite myopic (nearsighted) at a young age and had many experiences with glasses and contact lenses. This personal experience with eyewear modalities truly helped her to understand all the discomforts that can be associated with glasses and contact lenses. For this reason she has a special interest in contact lenses especially difficult toric and bifocal contact lens fits. Dr. Fink has also have a personal experience with laser vision correction, having had laser surgery done through TLC 12 years ago.

Dr. Fink believes vision to be extremely important, not only for everyday office work but also for hobbies. She is an avid tennis player and golfer and has had success as a marathon runner (completed 11 marathons including Boston).  Dr. Fink lives and practices in Burlington, ON, Canada.

Dr. Fink specializes in vision therapy.  Visual therapy is a step-by-step developmental program designed to provide patients with the necessary meaningful experiences to acquire full use of their visual process. In many cases the visual system has a problem with development, and the brain creates adaptations to account for the lack of normal development. These adaptations include a turned eye, lazy eye, and sometimes more subtle symptoms like covering or closing an eye while reading. The goal of therapy is to jump start the development of the visual process so these adaptations are no longer needed. Our goal is to get the patient seeing clearly while using both eyes as a team.

Some indicators that your child could benefit from vision therapy include:

  • Blur when looking at any distance
  • Double vision, (double or overlapping words on the page)
  • Headaches during or after doing vision work
  • Words appear to run together when reading
  • Burning, itching, or watery eyes
  • Falling asleep when reading
  • Seeing and visual work is worse at the end of the day
  • Skips or repeats lines while reading
  • Dizziness or nausea when doing near work
  • Head tilts or one eye is closed or covered while reading
  • Difficulty copying from the blackboard
  • Avoids doing near vision work, such as reading, computer work or writing
  • Blur with night driving
  • Omits (drops out) small words while reading
  • Writes up or down hill
  • Misaligns digits or columns of numbers
  • Reading comprehension low, or declines as day wears on
  • Poor inconsistent performance in sports
  • Holds book too close, leans too close to computer screen
  • Trouble keeping attention centered on reading
  • Difficulty completing assignments on time
  • First response is “I can’t” before trying
  • Avoids sports and games
  • Poor hand/eye coordination, such as poor handwriting
  • Does not judge distances accurately
  • Clumsy, accident prone, knocks things over
  • Does not use or plan time well
  • Does not count or make change well
  • Loses belongings and things
  • Car or motion sickness
  • Forgetful, poor memory
  • Loves to be read to, but dislikes reading by themselves
  • Explores with their hands more than their eyes
  • Highly verbally developed at the expense of movement and visual development